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The Certificate in International Development and Education cultivates global education leaders who understand the complex issues that shape international education and are prepared to engage in transforming policy and practice.

Students will explore a range of topics such as: poverty, inequity, sustainability, human rights, and governance; engage in self-reflection about the roles they might play in international development efforts; and learn about international education innovations.

How to Get In

All current UW-Madison undergraduates are eligible to complete the Certificate in International Development and Education. Students intending to complete this certificate should visit the School of Education's Certificate Programs page to complete the declaration form.

Students pursuing the Education Studies major or the Certificate in Educational Policy Studies are not eligible to complete the Certificate in International Development and Education.



The Certificate in International Development and Education requires the following course distribution for a minimum of 12 credits. At least 6 credits must be completed in residence.

Completion of the certificate requires a minimum GPA of 2. 0 in certificate coursework.

Core Course

This course (3 credits) provides a foundational overview of the field of International Development Education and should be taken as early as possible. 

ED POL 260 Introduction to International Education Development3

Education Policy Global Education and Development Electives

Select two courses from the following options (6 credits). These topical courses allow students to explore a key theme (e.g., human rights, climate change, poverty and inequality, health) in International Development Education in greater depth, or to deepen their understanding of the field of International and Comparative Education. 

ED POL 112 Global Education through Film3
ED POL/​INTL ST  220 Human Rights and Education3
ED POL 237 Wealth, Poverty and Inequality: Transnational Perspectives on Policy and Practice in Education3
ED POL 245 Education in East Asia3
ED POL 320 Climate Change, Sustainability, and Education3
ED POL/​INTL ST  335 Globalization and Education3
ED POL 423 Education for Global Change3
ED POL 460 Immigration, Education, and Equity3
ED POL/​ANTHRO  570 Anthropology and Education3
ED POL 675 Introduction to Comparative and International Education3

Campus-wide International Development and Education Elective

Select one course from the following options (3 credits). These topical courses allow students to explore how key disciplines and fields of study across the campus engage with International Development:

A A E/​INTL ST  373 Globalization, Poverty and Development3
A A E/​INTL ST  374 The Growth and Development of Nations in the Global Economy3
A A E/​ECON/​INTL BUS  462 Latin American Economic Development3
A A E/​ECON  473 Economic Growth and Development in Southeast Asia3
A A E/​ECON  474 Economic Problems of Developing Areas3
A A E/​ECON  477 Agricultural and Economic Development in Africa3
ANTHRO 477 Anthropology, Environment, and Development3
C&E SOC/​ENVIR ST/​SOC  540 Sociology of International Development, Environment, and Sustainability3
C&E SOC/​SOC/​URB R PL  617 Community Development3
C&E SOC/​SOC  630 Sociology of Developing Societies/Third World3
GEOG 307 International Migration, Health, and Human Rights3
GEOG/​INTL ST  315 Universal Basic Income: The Politics Behind a Global Movement3
GEOG/​ENVIR ST  337 Nature, Power and Society3
GEOG 538 The Humid Tropics: Ecology, Subsistence, and Development4
GEOG/​ENVIR ST  557 Development and Environment in Southeast Asia3
GEN&WS/​HISTORY  315 Gender, Race and Colonialism3
GEN&WS/​URB R PL  644 International Development and Gender3
HISTORY/​INTL ST  330 Global History of Humanitarianism3-4
HISTORY 434 American Foreign Relations, 1901 to the Present3-4
HISTORY/​CHICLA  435 Colony, Nation, and Minority: The Puerto Ricans' World3
HISTORY 607 The American Impact Abroad: The Historical Dimension3
INTL ST 101 Introduction to International Studies3-4
INTL ST/​GEOG  315 Universal Basic Income: The Politics Behind a Global Movement3
INTL ST/​HISTORY  330 Global History of Humanitarianism3-4
INTL ST/​A A E  373 Globalization, Poverty and Development3
INTL ST 401 Topics in Global Security3-4
INTL ST 402 Topics in Politics and Policy in the Global Economy3-4
INTL ST 403 Topics in Culture in the Age of Globalization3-4
INTL ST/​POLI SCI  431 Contentious Politics3-4

Certificate Completion Requirement

This undergraduate certificate must be completed concurrently with the student’s undergraduate degree. Students cannot delay degree completion to complete the certificate.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the global contexts of colonialism, US post-war imperialism, bi-/multi-lateralism, and capitalism that shape the international development and international education fields, as well as key debates and trends in the field.
  2. Reflect on experiences, resources, and national positions and the positions of others engaged in the field of international development education; recognize the consequences of this positionality on one’s own understanding of the concepts of human development and wellbeing and of the desire to improve and develop other places and people; and critically examine possibilities for growth and change.
  3. Analyze information about international development and education (as theory and as practice) from diverse disciplinary, methodological, and epistemological perspectives.
  4. Evaluate multiple theories of change and effectively apply appropriate theories of change to key international development problems.
  5. Formulate arguments on topics in international development and education by evaluating and then drawing from academic and practitioner literatures, and identifying and integrating diverse sources of information.
  6. Communicate ideas, reflections, and research on international development and education effectively to people from a range of perspectives, cultures, backgrounds, and roles in the field of international development (e.g., policymakers, program officers, community members, Peace Corps volunteers, Fulbright, etc.).